In celebration of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I want to do what I love doing most: making noise, spreading awareness, and normalizing mental illness.
Think back to when you were younger. Has your conception of mental illness changed?
Thanks to the internet and social media, we have raised awareness and educated others on mental illness more than ever before. Mental health influencers and activists are sharing their personal experiences online, normalizing bad days, and helping build more acceptance and understanding.
Thanks to public figures such as Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, meaningful conversations around bullying and the importance of speaking up are being started, and people are listening.
It’s been 18months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and some countries are still experiencing isolating lockdowns due to high transmission rates, causing feelings of loneliness, sadness, and fear.
So, while we have come a long way in normalizing living with a mental illness, we still have a long way to go. We need to normalize getting help. We need to help the world understand that accepting help is a strength. This is a critical mission we have to continue making noise about.
Find others who Get It!!
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World mental health day is a beautiful reminder for everyone worldwide to check in, reach out, and speak up.
So contact someone in your tribe and tell them you love them.
Call a friend you trust and let it out! Tell them that you’re not ok today.
Take a brave step forward and schedule your first appointment with a therapist or coach.
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Faces of Mental Illness is a collection of real stories from real people, This book is the first of many and is absolutely going to change lives.
Our co-authors share their deepest, darkest experiences and cover many important topics such as suicide attempts, substance abuse, and living with bipolar disorder. Our powerful collective message is that you are NOT alone!
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